CPTC Webinar Series - 2022

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The CPTC 2022 Webinar Series is a series of online workshops offered roughly monthly throughout the year. A list of the workshops is below.

Upcoming Workshops

Creating Master Plans

  • Date: Monday, May 23, 222, 6:00 pm
  • Cost: $20
  • Registration: Register

Local officials will learn why and how to prepare, adopt, and implement the master or comprehensive plan described in MGL Chapter 41, Section D. The session will identify the sections of a master/comprehensive plan and specific steps by which the plan will be carried out.

  • Presenter:
    • Ralph Wilmer, FAICP
  • Moderators:
    • Katherine Lacy, Mass Housing Partnership

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Previous Workshops

Zoning with Overlay Districts

  • Date: Thursday, April 21, 2022, 6:00 pm
  • Cost: $20
  • Registration: Register

Overlay zoning is a popular and useful tool allowing municipalities to implement land use policies and strategies with greater flexibility than traditional zoning, without the necessity of amending the underlying zoning. This course illustrates the various types of overlay districts, and explains how they differ from traditional zoning measures and describes the form and contents of an overlay district. Discussion will allow participants to explore the potential pros and cons of overlay vs. traditional zoning.

  • Presenter:
    • Jim Robbins, Westborough Town Planner
  • Moderators:

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C. 40A, Section 3A Multifamily Zoning Requirements for MBTA Communities

  • Date: Monday March 21, 2022 from 6:00-7:00PM
  • Cost: No Charge
  • Registration: Register

The webinar will discuss the legislation’s mandate to create at least one district allowing multifamily development “as of right” in the 175 MBTA Communities which are identified in the statute. This session will provide an overview of the draft guidelines, Technical Assistance available to help communities comply with the requirements and details about how to provide comments. To read the draft guidelines, FAQs and other information check out the MBTA Communities web page.

  • Presenters:
    • Secretary Kennealy, Executive Office of Housing and Community Development
    • Chris Kluchman, Department of Housing and Community Development
    • Clark Ziegler, Massachusetts Housing Partnership
  • Moderators:
    • Maren Toohill, Town Planner Littleton
    • Katy Lacy, Senior Planner, Mass Housing Partnership

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Vested Rights and Nonconforming Structures & Uses - 220224

  • Date: Thursday, February 24, 2022 from 6:00-7:30PMd
  • Cost: $20
  • Credit: CPTC level 2
  • Registration: Closed

The course will cover the issue of vested rights under zoning and subdivision law, why they exist, and how they affect the work of the Zoning Boards of Appeals and Planning Boards. Participants will learn what the Zoning Act says about vested rights and the way it occurs. This session will answer the question regarding whether nonconforming structures and uses can change and if so, how much. Finally, the course will address how judicial decisions shape the way provisions of the Zoning Act are interpreted today.

  • Presenter: Ilana Quirk, attorney
  • Moderator: Maren Toohill, Town Planner Littleton